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"What public television is supposed to be..." The Coffee House is a monthly, hour-long, cable TV program of public affairs and the arts. It is taped at Montgomery Community Television in Rockville, MD, and airs regularly on eleven cable channels in Maryland, the District of Columbia, Virginia, and Pennsylvania. Overall, it reaches over five million people. Now in its tenth season, The Coffee House has won numerous awards. The producer of The Coffee House is Mark Cohen.



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This month on The Coffee House: A POWERFUL NEW FORCE FOR CHANGE IN CONGRESS Elected to Congress in 2008, Rep. Donna Edwards (D-MD) has quickly emerged as a national voice for progressive health care reform and for a closer look at our goals and exit strategy in Afghanistan. A member of the Science and Technology Committee, Rep. Edwards discusses the efficacy of carbon sequestration as a solution for climate change. The conversation touches on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, compensation for...
Topics: legislation, health care, Afghanistan, gardening, nuclear power, climate change, poetr, music
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HEALTH CARE REFORM: YES WE CAN? Barack Obama took office with plenty of political capital and good will to achieve far-reaching health care reform. But he spent heavily on the financial bail-out and stimulus plan. Special interests, with the help of Republicans and grassroots right-wing activists, saw blood in the water. With Democrats split between House versus Senate, Progressives versus Blue Dogs, can health care reform be saved? And what would constitute victory? Merrill Goozner, author and...
Topics: health care, utilities, film, labor, poetry, art, recesssion, rockabilly
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WELCOME TO THE COFFEE HOUSE WHERE, IN THE NEXT HOUR⦠MANY OF OUR SCHOOLS ARE FAILING⦠UNIONS ARE FINGERED FOR CODDLING BAD TEACHERS⦠RANDI WEINGARTEN, PRESIDENT OF THE AMERICAN FEDERATION OF TEACHERS, HAS A PLAN⦠THE DRUG WAR IS NO LONGER HEADLINES⦠BUT OVERFLOWING PRISONS TESTIFY THEREâS BEEN NO CEASE FIRE⦠WHAT TO DO? WE CHAT WITH NKECHI TAIFA OF THE OPEN SOCIETY INSTITUTE ⦠A CLIMATE BILL WAS TOUGH GOING IN THE SENATE BEFORE THE GOP VICTORY IN MASSACHUSETTS⦠NOW WHAT...
Topics: school reform, teachers, unions, crack, cocaine, disparity, climate, "cap and trade",...
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The trio, ilyAIMY, draws on diverse genres to create its own unique sound.
Topics: metal, folk, Celtic
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On this edition of THE COFFEE HOUSE: A look back on the Maryland General Assemblyâs recently completed Special Session and a look ahead to the 2008 Session with Senators Jamie Raskin and Ullyses Currie; a documentary on MRSA superbugâs devastation and the danger of antibiotic resistance with infectious diseases specialist Dr. John Powers; Reuben Jackson reviews poetry by Guantanamo detainees; Kyle Dargan offers a poem; artist Muriel Hasbun captures her familyâs odyssey; and Christmas music...
Topics: Maryland, slots, taxes, superbug, MRSA, antibiotics, resistance, poetry, chorale, migration
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This month in THE COFFEE HOUSE: BP GLOBAL MOVES A US SOLAR PANEL PLANT TO ASIA: ARE WE READY TO COMPETE IN THE EMERGING GREEN ECONOMY? Even as the Obama administration has launched a substantial green energy program as part of the stimulus plan, BP Global recently announced plans to shut down its solar panel manufacturing facility near Frederick, Maryland and move the operation to China and India. Which raises the question, is the US ready to compete for a significant share of the growing...
Topics: Arts, human rights, footbal, Steelers: Pittsbrgh: Rooney, solar, China, green jobs, poetry,...
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Billboard for September 2008 edition: WEâRE ONE SUPREME COURT JUSTICE AWAY FROM TOSSING OUT ABORTION RIGHTS, EVEN FOR RAPE AND INCEST VICTIMS, IF SARAH PALIN HAS HER WAY⦠WE CHAT WITH RISA SHAW ABOUT HER BOOK ON SIBLING INCEST⦠PEAK OIL IS HERE⦠AND WEâRE NOT READY, SAYS AUTHOR EDWIN BLACK⦠BUT HEâS GOT THE PLAN TO GET US TO A POST-FOSSIL FUEL ECONOMY⦠OFF-SHORE DRILLS⦠OR OFF-SHORE MILLS? WILL IT BE OIL OR WIND? JIM LANARDâS COMPANY IS SET TO DEVELOP AN OFF-SHORE WIND...
Topics: Rape' incest, abortion, energy, oil, wind, offshore, poetry, liberalism, conservatism, music
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Taryn Simon's traveling multi-media exhibit focuses on inmates who were exonerated by DNA evidence. Narration is by Sita Reddy of Provisions Library. (Producer: Mark Cohen)
Topics: death penalty, DNA, innocence, photography, multimedia
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This 2004 "Monty" award-winning film, "We Are All Smith Islanders," demonstrates how global warming is changing the Chesapeake Bay region, using the waning livelihoods of Smith Island watermen as its main example. The film explores how global warming is affecting agriculture, wildlife, health and tourism throughout the Chesapeake Bay, and how the crisis is expected deepen without immediate action. The film also looks at clean energy solutions that can help slow and possibly...
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Topics: climate change, global warming, Chesapeake
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The U-Liners sing Hank Williams's classic, "Jambalaya."
Topics: Jambalya, Uehlein
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This month in THE COFFEE HOUSE: ARE SLOTS THE SALVATION OF HORSE RACING AND FISCALLY STRAPPED STATES? With attendance at horse races steadily declining, and Maryland facing structural budget shortfalls into the foreseeable future, Gov. Martin O’Malley and Senate President Mike Miller are once again floating slots at race tracks as the horse racing industry’s and the state’s fiscal salvation. But based upon the experience of neighboring states, the Baltimore Sun’s Andrew Green reports...
Topics: news, public afairs, arts, New Orleans, gambling, agriculture, singer-songwriter, poetry
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Excerpts from President Obama's Inaugural Address are set to photos by Sam Kittner, www.kittner.com.
Topics: Obama, inauguration, photography
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A guide to a mindful family celebration of Christmas from author and Web blogger Jen Lemen.
Topics: Christmas, blog, Soul Sister
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Georgetown University's Dr. Anthony Scialli, an Ob-Gyn, discusses the benefits and liabilities of hormone therapy, which was once hailed as not only a treatment for menopause symptoms, such as hot flashes, but for heart disease and even dementia.
Topics: hormone, therapy, WHI, estrogen, progestin
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MARYLAND'S BIG STEPS ON DEFICIT, HEALTH CARE AND SLOTS A look back on the Maryland General Assembly's recently completed Special Session and a look ahead to the 2008 Session with Senators Jamie Raskin (D-Dist. 20) and Ullyses Currie (D-Dist.25) in which it raised certain taxes in order to offset a structural deficit and expand health insurance coverage. The legislature also agreed to a statewide referendum on legalizing video gambling (slots). (Host: Sen. Jamie Raskin D-Dist. 20)
Topics: Maryland, slots, taxes, health, O'Malley
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Singer-songwriter Lea performs the title song from her 2001 CD, "Creation."
Topics: singer, songwriter, Creation
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A new report by former US Attorney and Maryland Attorney General Steve Sachs, commissioned by Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley, documents that between March 2005 and May 2006 the Maryland State Police spied on peace and anti-death penalty activists, even knowing that none of the targets advocated violence. The State Police under the administration of Governor Bob Erlich went so far as to label certain pacifists as âterroristsâ. The State Police acknowledges that 53 citizens were the targets...
Topics: surveillance, spying, First Amendment, dissent, death penalty, peace, climagte
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REP. DONNA EDWARDS ON CORPORATE FREE SPEECH, HEALTH CARE, WALL STREET, OIL SPILLS, IMMIGRATION, AFGHANISTAN AND OBAMA Completing her first full term in Congress, Maryland Democrat Donna Edwards has earned a national reputation and following as someone who does her homework and speaks her mind. She rejoins us to chat about, among other topics, her constitutional amendment to reverse the Supreme Courtâs recent ruling in Citizens United that corporations enjoy the First Amendment right to...
Topics: politics, health care, oil spill, drilling, Afghanistan, immigration, juvenile justice, Vietnam,...
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Opening billboard for THE COFFEE HOUSE 131.
Topics: law, labor, music, poetry, 4th of July
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Guitarist Mark Sylvester performs
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This month in The Coffee House: GETTING BY WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM THE GOVERNMENT With joblessness hovering around 10 percent, large numbers of people are trying to get by on unemployment insurance, but many other qualify who donât apply. For tips on navigating the UI system, we turn to Courtney Chappell of the DC Employment Justice Center. (Host: Fred Feinstein) THE CASE AGAINST ARTIFICIAL TURF SOCCER FIELDS As the youth soccer booms spreads across the country, grass fields that were once...
Topics: unemployment, insurance, artificial turf, Hip-Hop, dance, poetry, roots music
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911 and its aftermath: A photo essay accompanied by the Kossoy Sisters singing "I'll Fly Away." (Producer: Mark Cohen)
Topics: 911, Bush, Osama bin Laden, WMD, Iraq, war
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Sibbie O'Sullivan, playwrite and poet, is out with a CD, "Little Wheel," featuring her poems read by various artists.
Topics: poetry, CD
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Opening billboard for Sept. 2007 show
Topics: secrecy, labor, climate, dance, poetry, music
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Former congressman and NAACP president and CEO Kweisi Mfume discusses what issues are most important to him in his race for US Senate from Maryland.
Topics: living wage, HIV, global warming
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Robert Scott of the Economic Policy Institute discusses the scope of the global recession and the impact that the Obams stimulus plan may have.
Topics: economy, recession, stimulus
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Kate Rooth of Greenpeace USA talks about a forthcoming mass civil disobedience protest against so-called "clean coal" and global warming.
Topics: coal, global warming, civil disobedience
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WELCOME TO THE COFFEE HOUSE WHERE, IN THE NEXT HOUR⦠TORTURE IS AGAINST THE LAW⦠IF ONE ADMINISTRATIONâS OFFICIALS NEVERTHELESS AUTHORIZE THE USE OF TORTURE⦠SHOULD THEY BE PROSECUTED THEIR SUCCESSORS ? WE ASK CONSTITUTIONAL LAW AND NATIONAL SECURITY EXPERT PROF. STEPHEN VLADECK⦠PRIVATE SECTOR UNION MEMBERSHIP IN THE US HAS DIPPED BELOW 10% OF THE WORKFORCE⦠EMPLOYERS SAY THATâS BECAUSE WORKERS REJECT UNIONS. UNIONS COUNTER THAT ITâS BECAUSE LABOR LAW IS BROKEN⦠AND THE...
Topics: torture, prosecution, maryland, legislature, EFCA, unions, blues, poetry, photography
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Songwriter Nick Annis sings "Background Scenery"
Topics: folk, songwriter
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Singer-songwriter Justin Trawick performs "Take Me on a Holiday."
Topics: folk, rock, singer-songwriter
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Spoken word artist Chris Chandler's and street musician David Roe's tribute to the New Orleans melting pot that was and will be.
Topics: New Orleans, Katrina
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Grace Cavalieri tastes an artichoke in "Carciofi."
Topic: poetry
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This month on THE COFFEE HOUSE: EINSTEIN 3: THE RETURN OF BIG BROTHER It's called "Einstein 3" but critics contend it should be called "Orwell 2" instead. It is a pilot program, soon to be rolled out, intended to secure government computer networks against intrusion and hacking. But unlike its predecessors Einstein 1 & 2, that scanned for malicious code by studying network traffic patterns, Jesselyn Radack, Homeland Security director at the Government Accountability...
Topics: surveillance, secrecy, justice, prosecution, Blues, tuition, poetry
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Author Dr. Matthew Sleethe, an evangelical Christian, explains why he believes it is his religious duty to combat climate change.
Topics: evangelical, Christian, climate change
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Although its efforts fell short of electing John Kerry, organized labor succeeded in mobilizing its members to vote in numbers disproportionate to non-union voters, according to David Boundy, AFL-CIO Deputy Political Director.
Topics: labor, elections, politics
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Poet Chungmi Kim offers "The Color of My Dress"
Topics: poetry, Korean, dress
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Poet JaHipster offers a "True Story" about blackness.
Topics: poetry, blackness
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Edwin Black, author of the Pulitzer-nominated, BANKING ON BAGHDAD, asserts that the West has had only two interests in Iraq -- as a stepping stone and as a source of oil.
Topics: Iraq, oil, Islam
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Constitutional law expert and advocate Alan Morrison discusses the Supreme Court's decision striking down the District of Columbia's strict handgun control law.
Topics: Constitution, Second Amendment, DC gun law
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Poet Angie Chuang is "Talking About Death" in Kabul.
Topic: poetry
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A billboard for episode 137: The global recession and how to respond with Dr. Robert Scott of the Economic Policy Institute: The Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act impact with Sharyn Tejani of the National Partnership for Women and Families; can coal be made to burn cleanly with Kare Rooth of Greenpeace USA; a Sam Kittner photo essay on the inauguration of President Barack Obama; poetry by Kwame Alexaner and music by ilyAIMY.
Topics: recession, economy, equal pay, discrimination, coal, climate, inauguration, poetry, music
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Dancer/choreographer Christopher Morgan discusses his creations.
Topics: dance, choreography
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Sharyn Tejani of the National Partnership for Women and Families discusses the passage of the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act.
Topics: women, equality, pay equity
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Former US Attorney General Benjamin Civilietti, chair of Maryland Commission studying capital punishment in the state, describes the findings of his Commission that there are substantial racial and geographic disparities in the application of the death penalty,and that it is a costly and ineffective deterrent to homicide.
Topics: death penalty, capital punishment, Maryland
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Poet Kyle Dargan presents "Autumal Divination."
Topic: poetry
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Kevin Merida discusses "Supreme Discomfort", a biography of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas he co-authored. (Host: Jamie Raskin)
Topics: justice, conservative, Supreme Court, Clarence Thomas
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21st Century Life: The Washington Nationals Park is being toted as a model of green building design. But for all of its environmentally-friendly features, Shawnee Hoover, legislative director for Friends of the Earth, wonders why the Nationals stadium allows ExxonMobil to burnish its poor green record with ubiquitous, high-tech ads, even granting the energy giant naming rights to the 7th inning stretch! (Host: Mike Tidwell)
Topics: National Park, ExxonMobil, greenwashing
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Poet Sami Miranda's "Victoria, Texas"
Topic: poetry
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RELUCTANTLY, THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION JOINS THE GLOBAL CONSENSUS ON CLIMATE SCIENCE Having shuffled from promising to regulate carbon dioxide as a pollutant, to denying that human activity was causing global warming, to asserting that the science on climate change was uncertain, President Bush appears bent on completing two terms in office without taking significant action to address climate change. Whether due to the White Houseâs free market faith or its kinship with the oil industry, until a...
Topics: climate, Bush, assessments, McClellan, censorship
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Thomas Sayers Ellis's "Ways To Be Black in a Poem"
Topic: poetry
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Poem "Beth Susan"
Topic: poetry
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Pastor Michael Pauls tells how he was called to build an inter-racial church from the ground up.
Topics: church, inter-racial
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Dancers Nina Watt and Keith Thompson discuss their works.
Topics: dance, choreography
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Common Cause president and CEO Chellie Pingree discusses the excessive role of money and private fundraising in American politics and her organization's efforts to clean this up.
Topics: politics, money, elections
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Ballot initiatives are increasingly being promoted by political parties to spur turnout among their supporters and split the opposition says Kristina Wilfore, executive director of the Ballot Initiative Strategy Center.
Topics: ballot, initiative, election
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An audio documentary from 1979 that first aired on WYSO-FM in Yellow Springs, Ohio, about advocacy efforts in Ohio and elsewhere in the rust belt to gain passage of state laws to cushion the impacts on workers, their families and communities caused when major employers move their operations south or abroad in search of cheaper production costs.
Topics: plant closing, Governor Rhodes, Ohio Public Interest Campaign
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(1) Interview with Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) about the National Intelligence Estimate, interrogation of terrorism suspects, and the prospects for a change in which party controls Congress in November. (2) Pulitzer nominee Edwin Black on his explosive, new investigative book, INTERNAL COMBUSTION, detailing the scandalous history of how gasoline-motored cars displaced electric cars a century ago. (3) Word/Dance/Theater founder and president Cynthia Word on rethinking Isadora Duncan and modern...
Topics: politics, Congress, elections, automobile, gasoline, electric cars, dance, modern
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Cincinnati-based Joe Jencks makes his music and his living on the road, where the singer-songwriter has built a following among folkies and labor activists. He stops by THE COFFEE HOUSE to share two songs, about the life of a migrant laborer and being true to one’s calling.
Topics: singer-songwriter, folk, music
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The poem "Bark" by Kim Roberts
Topics: poem, Bark
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Billboard for the April 2008 edition of THE COFFEE HOUSE: While public attention is focused on the presidential race, the political parties and independent advocacy groups â 527s â are gearing up for a battle over control of Congress. The Democrats reclaimed control of both chambers in 2006 and hope to build on their margin in 2008. We chat with the chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, Rep. Chris Van Hollen (MD 8th Dist.), about his partyâs prospects in November. The...
Topics: politics, elections, greenwashing, Nationals Park, poetry, music, photography
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Former EPA enforcement chief Eric Schaeffer talks about the shutdown of Mirant Corporation's Alexandria, VA power plant and why the company needs to conduct major cleanups at its three Maryland power plants as well.
Topics: EPA, Mirant, pollution
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"The Great American JobsScam" author Greg Leroy on how businesses extort subsidies from local communities by threatening to take jobs elsewhere. But the businesses locational decisions aren't based on these these subsidies.
Topics: jobs, welfare, subsidies
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Poet Maritza Rivera-Cohen presents "Little Cat Feet".
Topic: poetry
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Opening billboard for #129, THE COFFEE HOUSE (May 2008)
Topics: Maryland, politics, death penalty, poetry, music
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Dancing at the historic Glen Echo Park and ballroom in Glen Echo, Maryland.
Topics: dance, ballroom
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Singer-songwriter Joe Jencks performs two songs.
Topics: folk, singer-songwriter
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Bea Edwards and Dylan Blaylock of the Government Accountability Project, a whistleblower support group, describe how they assisted a whistleblower and the staff association at the World Bank in bringing to light the Paul Wolfowitz scandal. (Host: Mark Cohen) Kevin Merida discusses "Supreme Discomfort", a biography of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas he co-authored. (Host: Jamie Raskin) This year marks the 75th anniversary of the Depression Era Bonus March by WWI vets seeking a...
Topics: scandal' Paul Wolfowitz, World Bank, Clarence Thomas, justice, race, Bonus March, Bonuus Army,...
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This year marks the 75th anniversary of the Depression Era Bonus March by WWI vets seeking a promised war service bonus. "March of the Bonus Army" filmmaker Glennn Marcus and historian Lucy Barber are guests. (Host: Fred Feinstein)
Topics: Bonus March, protest, veterans
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Pulitzer nominee Edwin Black discusses his expose on the history of the gas-powered automobile, INTERNAL COMBUSTION.
Topics: car, electric, gas, hydrogen
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Jim Grossfeld of the Montgomery County (MD) Commission on Health discusses the Commission's proposal to deputize county inspectors and private citizens to report possible violations of federal and state and worker health and safety laws.
Topics: health, safety, worker, county
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A documentary look at the insurgent primary campaign of activist and Constitutional law professor Jamie Raskin to capture the Maryland State Senate seat held for 19 years by organization candidate Ida Ruben.
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Brit Cat Stevens, AKA Yusuf Islam, once recorded a tune, "Miles From Nowhere," that eerily captures the former pop singer's deportation from the US as a potential terrorist. Here's a clip from The Coffee House in October 2004.
Topics: singer, deportation, Islam
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A bluesy original about contemporary life, "Runaround", by BluesWorks.
Topics: Blues, music
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Karen Nussbaum describes how "Working America," a community organization launched by the AFL-CIO for non-union members which she directs, grew by leaps and bounds in its first year.
Topics: labor, community, non-union